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09.21.2006

Microsound for your iPods

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Talk about mini -- check out these speakers for your iPod Nano or Shuffle. Similar in size to PodGear's PocketParty micro speaker which made an apperance on Popgadget last year, these would also fit in my pocket.

They come in white and black, and you simply plug MicroSound into the headphone jack of your iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle. With up to 12 hours of battery time, you'll be party central wherever you go.

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$99 bucks at Miglia.

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09.21.2006

Ikea Trofe Mug

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One of the most common mistakes you can make when unloading a dishwasher is to miss the puddle of water that collected on the base of cups, glasses and other objects during the cycle, so that you splash the water in every direction while energetically moving the items from the dishwasher to the cupboard.

Finally, someone has come up with a cup with an “anti-pooling system.”

Ikea’s Trofe Mug was specifically designed to prevent water from collecting at its base and therefore avoid any “accidents” while unloading the dishwasher.

I wonder if it really works, but for a mere 50 cents a cup I am willing to try it out.

Via Ektopia.

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09.20.2006

OldVersion.Com -- Newer is not always better

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Have you ever updated your software, either by mistake or by choice, then found yourself really, really disliking the newer version and wishing you’d kept your older, more familiar version? Well, consider this site as your private little time machine.

Old Version.Com provides older versions of some of the more popular software out there, including software for Communication, Security, Graphics, FTP, File Sharing, Multimedia, and more. Although the choices are still somewhat limited and currently only support Windows platform, it’s a good place to look for most people. ‘Sides, you can always become a contributor if you feel so inclined.

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09.20.2006

Sega’s Robot Pony

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After reading about Sega’s Dream Pony, I knew the time to have a kid of my own had finally come. Not being a kid myself, the only plausible excuse for spending $600 on a toy would be to do it out of pure love and generosity for my own child…right?

Dream Pony is 1.2 meters tall, powered by batteries and equipped with sensors that enable it to react to its surroundings. Loud sudden sounds will make it jerk its head, darkness will have it emit an anxious-sounding whinny, and petting its head and neck will make it move its head, ears and tail in appreciation. You can also try and feed Dream Pony its “sad” plastic carrot; it will try to bite it.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to take a ride on Dream Pony, as the animal robot cannot move its legs which – come to think of it -- is rather disappointing, not that I would have tried to take a ride on Dream Pony…ever! Though, if you weigh less than 36 kilo (around 80 pounds), you can enjoy sitting on it and pretending to ride through beautiful woods and prairies.

Sega Toys will be selling Dream Pony by the end of the year, though I bet only in Japan; cool toys are always “Japan only.”

Via Pink Tentacle.

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09.20.2006

NanoNuno umbrella - Always Dry

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Nanotechnology is a term that covers many areas of research dealing with objects that are measured in nanometers (1 nanometer = a billionth of a meter). It's been in the news for several years, promising to bring about revolutionary changes in fields as diverse as medicine, manufacturing, diagnostics, energy and consumer goods.

One of the important applications of nanotechnology in household products is self-cleaning or “easy-to-clean” surfaces on ceramics or glasses. The inspiration behind this application is derived from the Lotus flower, considered to be a a symbol of purity in Asian religions. This flower, though it emerges from muddy waters, has its leaves unblemished and untouched by pollution. The reason behind this unique phenomenon is that the leaves of the lotus flower are covered with tiny, fine-grained nanostructures with a unique effect - dirt and water simply roll off. This is due to the fact that there is much less direct surface area that these materials can attach themselves to. This nature's wonder of self-cleaning has been researched extensively and gives us a fascinating glimpse of what nature can do to protect itself from omnipresent dirt and pathogenic organisms.

The design of the NanoNuno umbrella is based on this natural principle. This means moisture cannot penetrate the fabric and so there is no tedious drying to do after a walk in the rain. Even in the case of a heavy downpour, all you need to do is just give the umbrella a good shake and it will be clean and dry pronto. Due to the absence of dirt and water, even in light-coloured fabric, the manufacturer claims that it will look immaculate even after years of use. Lastly, if you're wondering whether these look straight out of a science fiction movie, you can relax. These are classic, elegant full-length umbrellas with wooden handles and automatic mechanism built in. As normal as you can get.

Availble from Pro-Idee UK at £ 49.95. Via Coolest Gadgets.

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09.20.2006

Animal rubber bands

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The problem with so much Japanese stationery is that they're just too darn cute to use. A case in point are these animal rubber bands. I was sorely tempted to buy them when I spotted them at the Australian lifestyle shop kikki.K, but resisted because I knew I was never going to use them, even though they are supposed to keep their shape after repeated use.

Designers M. Haneda and Y. Ohashi created them to counteract the disposable nature of rubber bands. I can see this happening, certainly - I have a tendency to save ordinary rubber bands, but if I used these animal ones, you can be sure that I'd not only save them, but put them away very carefully after use.

These rubber bands come in two different collections, Zoo and Pet, with 6 different animal designs in each.

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09.20.2006

Nothing

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No idea what to give that person on your Christmas list who has everything? Give them Nothing, which is a steal at $6.28.

It will (hopefully) remind them that they have EVERYTHING.

It's worry-free; no care instructions, warrenty or batteries. Now if your relative (oops, did I say that outloud?) doesn't have a sense of humor, better play it safe and give that gift certificate .

Available at I Want One Of Those.

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09.19.2006

Popgadget's "Getting Lost" contest: win a Pioneer AVIC-D2 GPS and other prizes

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Do you have a funny or frightening story about getting hopelessly lost on the road? Are you one of those people who habitually waste precious hours of life driving in circles because you were born without that internal compass that some people seem to have (or vehemently claim to have)? If so, you've come to the right place.

Pioneer Electronics is sponsoring a contest for Popgadget readers, and giving away this gorgeous AVIC-D2 GPS, valued at $1,500 to the first place winner. The AVIC-D2 is an advanced DVD navigation system with a 6.5-inch LCD and a design that allows for a factory-style fit, and it replaces your car stereo with a powerful audio system that can store up to 2,500 digital songs. Bluetooth allows hands-free use of your cell phone in the car.

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The navigation features include a large database of detailed maps of many metropolitan areas, which can be overlaid with point-of-interest (POI) icons so you can easily find the closest restaurant, supermarket, gas station or hotel when you're in an unfamiliar city. It also has a feature that solves a problem that I often encounter with GPS instructions (finding myself in the wrong lane of a highway). The AVIC-D2 provides detailed lane information for many major cities, so that you'll know which lane you're supposed to be in as you approach a highway merge, interchange or exit.

Your destination can be set in several different ways: Enter an address using the touch screen or the optional voice control microphone (really handy when you're already driving and can't take your eyes off the road to program a new set of directions), or enter a business phone number and let the AVIC-D2 search the massive POI database for the matching address. The unit comes with two map DVD discs containing nearly 11 million POIs. The system also learns your preferred routes.

The upgrades to your car's entertainment system include features, such as Supertuner IIID, EEQ and MOSFET50 amplification, that enhance audio power and clarity. You can listen to your AM/FM radio, audio and MP3 CDs, or (with optional accessories, not included), listen to satellite radio or connect the system to your iPod.

If you want a first-hand look at Pioneer's in-car navigation systems, go to www.drivehappier.com for information about their'"Drive Happier" tour, which is making stops in cities throughout th U.S. to allow consumers to experience their latest GPS systems. Check the schedule to see if they're coming to your city.

Installation is not included in this prize package.

Other Prizes

2nd place prize (sponsored by Xtatix.com):
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The Xtatix Freefone has a built-in MP3 player and digital FM radio. A USB cable charges the internal battery and transfers music from your computer. This 1-gigabyte version holds up to 300 songs (retail price: $159.99). Read Evan's post on the Freefone.

3rd place prize (sponsored by iSoundCap)
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iSoundCap is giving away two of these caps (one black, one white - total value of $59.90) to the third place winner. It holds your iPod Shuffle or Nano and eliminates dangling wires. See Evan's post on this item from yesterday.

(Click below to get to the contest instructions.)

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09.19.2006

Robot babysitter for your puppy

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My girlfriend's puppy gets lonely when left at home by herself. Saffron will sit by the door on a little pillow and just wait for her owner to come back. We've tried a few solutions to provide surrogate entertainment throughout the day, but the television and radio aren't the same to a lonely little doggy. A bored dog is more likely to damage shoes and furniture, but Dogopolis has a robot nanny for automated canine entertainment.

The Kongtime is an automated dispenser for Kong doggy toys. Set the Kongtime for the duration of your absence and it will release four Kong filled treats at random intervals to keep a house dog entertained. The random feature is a necessity if you have an intelligent dog that is able to quickly pick up new tricks; otherwise they'll wind up camping the babysitter. Set it up on a countertop and the toys will bounce around the floor as the dog scampers around to capture it.

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The Kong is a hard rubber chew toy with a space in the back for stuffing full of treats like milkbones and peanut butter. The Kong toys are designed to require a bit of effort to gain the treats, and this mental puzzle can provide lots of entertainment. Mixing up the treat fillings will keep 'em guessing. There's a marketing video of the Kongtime in action on their website, and a great overview on the art of stuffing Kong toys at All The Best Dog Stuff.

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09.19.2006

PaRappa the Rapper for PSP

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PaRappa the Rapper has always been one of my favorite games; I sucked at it in the most efficient way you can possibly think to ever suck at playing a game and yet for some strange and unexplainable reason I kept liking it.

Sony has announced that it will port the PSOne title to the PSP, and I can hardly wait for PaRappa again…and hopefully this time I won’t be as bad at it.

Via PSP vault.

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